While at work today, Amy sent me this text:
There’s something waiting for you at the door! 🙂
I knew what it was. My Indians season tickets!
I raced home and met Amy and Olivia on the porch, as they were waiting with the tickets. We went inside and I opened the fedEx box. Here were the contents:
The package featured a Day Planner, which was the nicest of the three plans that I received. The Pirates sent out no such planner, the Reds sent a cheap calendar, but the Indians sent a nice bound book.
Inside there is a day by day space for you to plan your days around Indians games. Game dates and TV information is also listed.
The beginning of the planner has 18 pages of information for season ticket holders about their benefits, exchange privileges etc.
Next I looked at the part that is most exciting. The season ticket books. The covers of the books were beautiful, featuring Progressive Field beneath a setting sun.
This cover blows away the Pirates cover, and beats the Reds cover too, in my opinion.
I had high expectations when I opened the Indians ticket book to check out what the tickets themselves look like.
Are you ready to see?
Here’s sheet one, games 1-6
And sheet two, games 7-12
The tickets feature Justin Masterson, Shin Shoo Choo, Chris Perez, Asdrubal Cabrera, Manny Acta, Carlos Santana, Travis Hafner, Ubaldo Jimenez, and Grady Sizemore. They then cycle through several more times through game 81.
What do you think of the design?
I think its far too repetitive and boring. I like the idea of featuring players on the tickets. The Pirates and Reds also featured their stars on their tickets. However, the Indians tickets just look bland and plain after you look at them for a bit. All of the player portraits are painted in the exact same style, with the exact same background.
I’m going to go with Reds as the best design, Pirates as second best, and Indians third for 2012 season ticket designs.
The package also contained a letter from the Director of Season Ticket Sales.
Dear Mr Jabs:
The Indians 112th Opening Day as a charter member of the American League is fast approaching and we look forward to having you at Progressive Field for the 2012 season. The Tribe’s strong campaign in 2011 positioned us well to achieve our ultimate goal of bringing a championship to Cleveland. Our talented young group of players has shown success at the Major League level and has propelled us from a developing team to contenders.
Our commitment to you, our most loyal fans, extends well beyond the field. We are extremely proud of our heritage as one of Cleveland’s longest standing institutions and strive every day to live our guiding commitments to create memories, connect generations and celebrate families. Baseball is unique in its ability to produce special moments nearly every day and we strive to foster an environment that celebrates the heritage of the game and the Indians, and gives you superior fan experiences that create a one of a kind, multi-generational memories.
Enclosed please find your Indians Season Ticket Holder Packet of Information which includes:
*Season ticket books
*Club Seat Test Drive Vouchers
*2012 Season Ticket Holder Guide and Planner
*Indians Team Shop Discount Coupons
In addition, we have a number of exciting events for 2012 including post-game concerts, Indians Rally Alley Days, Fireworks Shows, Dollar Dog Nights, Kids Fun Days, and more. Also, five bobble head nights and four replica jersey nights are on the calendar, offering the first 15,000 fans through the gates on each of these nights a keepsake of one of their favorite Indians players, past and present.
Last June, we added a dedicated staff to provide you service and maximize your investment in the Cleveland Indians. This season, look to hear from your Client Service Specialist often with updates and invitations to exclusive events. If at any time you have questions related to your season ticket package, please call 216-420-HITS, and we will connect you to your Service Specialist.
We thank you for your support and loyalty.
Director, Season Ticket Sales.
By the way, if anyone is every going to be at Progressive Field and needs a 20% coupon, let me know – they sent me 12 of them.
So, ticket wise, I’m all ready to go for the 2012 season. I have tickets to every game that I plan on attending except for the games that I’m heading to out West. I’ll probably just turn to stubhub for those.
There’s only 21 more days until Opening Day. Wow. Also, you have until Sunday to win a CC Sabathia shirt. To enter, all you have to do is comment.
In December, I received a brochure from the Cincinnati Reds asking me to renew my season tickets. I once was a Reds season ticket holder in 2010, when I bought a Baker’s Dozen 13 game plan. I spent like $90 on one seat for 13 games. I ended up only attending three games in Cincinnati that year, and snagging 13 balls total, but one of those games was game three of the NLDS, where I snagged six balls and set a single season record.
It was early October, and it was Amy and my first ever road trip together, so I have a soft spot in my heart for Cincinnati.
Without giving away too much information about my 2012 master schedule (we’ll save that for another blog) , it looks like I’ll be attending hopefully at least 10 games there, although I could attend up to 20 games there.
I figured that since the Reds will be a hot ticket this year (they’re going to win the Central) that I would go ahead and buy a VIP plan. Full 81 games. 2 tickets to each game. 162 tickets in total. It cost me $1289.50, but I made a lot of that back by selling my opening day tickets from the plan. I plan on holding back 40 tickets worth and selling the other 122 to at least break even.
So what’s there to like about the Cincinnati Reds and Great American Ballpark this year? Here’s some of the benefits:
1) Early access
I’ll be entering at 4:30 many games by buying a BP tour ticket. If the tickets are sold out, I’d still get in at 5:10 with the season ticket holders, but imagine having BP with just a hand full of other people for the first 70 minutes of batting practice. That’s right – the general public doesn’t get in until 5:40. Zack Hample took advantage of this in 2011 and snagged 36 in one game. What would you rather ballhawk in? This?
The crowds at Great American Ballpark can really suck, especially when you have to factor in those railings in the aisles that block your mobility. You can pretty much forget snagging much from 5:40-6:10.
2) Good resell value
I’ve sold 8 of the 122 tickets that I won’t use already on stubhub. The cheapest opening day seat is currently selling for $109. That’s for just one ticket! With the Tigers and Indians coming to GABP, there’s demand.
3) Opportunity to buy more Opening Day tickets.
All season ticket holders are guaranteed the opportunity to get more opening day tickets. Meaning, at the very least, if I bought two more for $20 and resold them for $220 – well, you can do the math. We’re just chipping away at that $1289.50.
4) Take batting practice on the field.
All full season ticket holders get to take batting practice on the field at Great American Ballpark. Unlike PNC Park, its for full season ticket holders only, so hopefully there’ll be less people there resulting in more cage time for me. My ultimate goal is to jack one out of a major league ballpark. I haven’t been lifting all these weights for nothing. I haven’t been able to do it at PNC Park yet.
5) Post-season guaranteed tickets
When the Reds make the post season in 2012, I’ll get to buy more tickets. Even if I can’t attend, reselling the tickets will make this investment more beneficial.
6) Unused season ticket exchange program
I used this before in 2010 when I had the Baker’s Dozen plan to exchange my unused tickets for a game later in the season against the Brewers that I could easily spin off to a buyer on ebay. It’s simple, by mail, and if you can’t get rid of your tickets, then you can request games later in the season.
With the purchase of these Reds tickets, that makes 7 season tickets for 3 different teams that I’m now the owner of. That’s 567 tickets that I have.
Did I go overboard? What do you think? Were the Reds tickets worth it? I think they were. All of my tickets for my 2012 games are bought and paid for, and I’m going to get a lot of that money back by reselling the ones I can’t use.
At any rate, if you need a season ticket to get in early to PNC Park or Great American Ballpark, you now know where to turn.
There’s only 58 more days until Opening Day, 11 days until pitchers and catchers report to spring training, and 6 days to win this Brandon Phillips jersey Tshirt.
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